Watching movies post-calibration, I continued to be impressed. When I checked out the Criterion Collection’s recent Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish, the Sony conveyed the rich range of gray tones contained in the black-and-white image. Shadow detail was also very good: In a scene where the hung-over delinquent Rusty James enters his high school, late as usual, details like rows of trophy cases lining the halls could be clearly seen in the dim building interior. Bright and medium-bright exterior shots showed the TV’s picture uniformity to be very good, although its contrast faded to a degree when the picture was viewed from an off-center seat—a typical limitation with LCD TVs that use a vertical-alignment panel such as this one.”
“Nuvyyo, the Canada-based maker of Tablo brand over-the-air (OTA) digital video recorders (DVRs) for cord cutters, today introduced an app that brings off-air recording features to Samsung smart TVs built around the Tizen operating system.
The Tablo Samsung Tizen app will enable owners of Samsung smart TVs to discover, schedule, record, and stream live and recorded broadcast television programs using the TV’s remote control. DVR functions include pause, rewind, fast forward, and series recording in a format designed specifically for big-screen TVs.”
Yamaha tells us lots of details about the receiver’s design—anti-resonance structures, proprietary capacitors and transformers, high-end ESS/Sabre DACs for the main channels—but when it comes to the amplifiers, we’re only told of their “symmetrical design,” not their class or topology. Personally, I don’t care: Whatever their format, they proved to be powerful, transparent, and capable. [Editor’s Note: Yamaha confirms that it is indeed a traditional Class A/B design.—RS]”